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HDP member shot dead in office in Turkey’s Izmir: HDP

  2021-06-17  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is found dead after an assailant shot and killed him in a HDP office in Izmir, Turkey, June 17, 2021. Photo by Bianet
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – A member of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was found dead on Thursday (June 17) after an unidentified gunman stormed the party’s office and shot and killed him in an in Izmir city in western Turkey, the party said.

“An assailant with a shotgun has attacked our office in İzmir. One of our party members was in the office during the incident,” the HDP tweeted, as identified the victim as Deniz Poyraz.

“The instigator and abettor of this brutal attack is the AKP-MHP government and the Ministry of Interior which constantly targets our party and our members.” It said, referring to the Turkish government ruled by ruling Justice and Development Party and nationalist partner Nationalist Movement Party.

Police arrested the assailant, the Izmir governor's office tweeted, noting the victim was an employee who opened a door for the shooter, NTV television reported. 

The pro-Kurdish left-wing HDP calls for Kurdish and other minorities rights in the predominant-Kurdish southeast known as Bakur and Turkey. It has come under pressure from the AKP-ruled government.

Many of its leaders, politicians, elected mayors and members including former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas have been detained on terrorism-related charges. 

The Turkish authority accuse the HDP of having links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), but the HDP denies the accusations. 

PKK is an armed Kurdish group that has waged a decade-old armed struggle, calling for the Kurds’ cultural rights in the Kurdish-majority areas and Turkey. 

(Zhyan English)